Ways to stretch your holiday budget

Is filling everyone else’s stocking emptying yours? There are ways to make it through the holidays without emptying your own piggy bank!

When it comes to gifts think outside the box, can you make a homemade healthy dessert mix and add the recipe? Or stir up the dry ingredients for pancakes and give them in a vintage mixing bowl? Or create a hot cocoa mix with fun add in’s and give it in a mug?

To save on the trimmings, try using brown bags or newspapers and leftover fabric, ribbons or yarn to wrap gifts.

When it comes to decorating, look around with fresh eyes and shop your own walls and closets! You can give glass jars or vases new life with candles, use your own greenery from your yard, re-purpose vintage toys, cards, or picture frames or unused ornaments for your holiday décor.

Keep in mind that you can do a lot to keep the spirit of the holidays alive without over spending!

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Liz Hayes
Liz loves spending time outdoors, working out, traveling, taking in the arts, reading and catching up on TV.